Over the 75 years that the professional football draft has taken place, we have seen tons of surprises involving trades, slip-ups, busts and players drafted in late rounds who went on to become superstars.
Going into the 2011 NFL Draft, the ongoing lockout situation has caused a lot of confusion as to what will happen with free agency, rookie salaries, trades, players being allowed to train in team facilities and when the season will start.
One thing was for sure, though. Roger Goodell made it clear that the draft would take place regardless of the legal issues. College players had a choice. Go to Radio City Music Hall and shake Goodell’s hand, or stay home and watch the draft on ESPN.
From the moment the NFL commissioner took the podium amidst the boos of the packed house in New York, the draft has provided a great prime-time event with a lot of surprises and excitement.